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Option “B” Is Much Worse

July 18, 2014

Gaza AttacksYou’d have to be just fucking dead or just dead in the brain not to know anything about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  The latest round of fighting follows the age old formula between the two combatants that has changed little since the two have existed.  Israel says the Palestinians hate their very existence to the point that Israel feels the need to rule surround Gaza with an economic blockade that chokes the life out of the people there to the point where political leaders feel compelled to fire rockets at Israel that for the most part are destroyed against Israel’s United States sourced iron dome shield but then Israel is compelled to retaliate against the useless Palestinian rockets with its own deadly accurate force with weapons again sourced from the United States against Palestine’s nonexistent iron dome that inevitably winds up killing hundreds of civilian men, women, and Palestinian children to which Israel claims the only reason they wind up killing the children is because the Palestinians hide their weapons amongst the civilians in an effort to use them as shields to which Israel is helpless to do anything but act as a hapless actor in the killing of Palestinians because Israel has a right to defend itself.

Monte Wolverton Gaza AttackThe only problem with that scenario is that Israel is far from being unable to control its role in the senseless killing and/or murder of Palestinians.  Israel has the right to defend itself.  But it does not have the right to needlessly mow down masses of civilians with weapons of mass destruction.  On a daily basis we can watch the news for the latest video of Israel’s relentless proclivity for the destruction of the Palestinian people.  Israel has taken aim and pulled the trigger at the homes of the Palestinian people.  Israel has destroyed entire buildings with the claim that a rocket may have been fired from its vicinity.  Last night, I saw a video of their precision guided weaponry taking out an entire city block of buildings in order to prevent another launch of an ineffective Palestinian rocket.  They have targeted and devastated schools full of Palestinian children trying to seek refuge from the onslaught.  They have destroyed mosques.  They have even gone so far as to obliterate buildings flying the flag of the United Nations and designated as a safe haven for anyone trying to escape the war.  But even the flag of the United Nations offers no sanctuary from Israel’s war machine bought and paid for with great expense by the taxpaying people of the United States.

scorpioIt’s as if Israel is hell bent on using the Palestinian people as targets in this slaughter disguised as war.  The Israelis have bought deeply into the argument that the warmongers in the Gaza strip are using the Palestinian people as shields to hide their weaponry behind.  This argument is so ingrained that the warmongers in Israel believe that all they have to do is target the children because, ipso facto, where there’s Palestinian children there will be Palestinian weapons.  Destroy the children and you’ll destroy the weapons.  And once the weapons are gone and there’s no need to continue with the murder of the Palestinian people the world can go back to ignoring the fact that Israel has an economic blockade around Gaza to continue the slow murder of a people under the tried and far from true theme that the Palestinians want to destroy Israel.  To be honest, if that’s how they truly felt, who can blame the Palestinian people after the shit
Israel has done to them?

Dirty Harry CallahanI mean really, who but Israel is afforded the luxury of killing children under the pretense that there was a bad guy in their midst.  That’s not how this works.  It doesn’t matter if the bad guy has a gun pointed at the good guy.  If the bad guy is hiding behind a child, a woman, or any innocent bystander then the good guy stops.  It doesn’t matter if the bad guy is holding his/her own child.  The good guy doesn’t just shoot with and take a chance of innocent people getting hurt.  That’s a rule that even Dirty Harry didn’t break.  You avoid killing bystanders because if you don’t, you’re no better than the people you claim you want to stop.  Keep your gun pointed.  Keep ready to look for an opening where you can take the bad guy out with minimum collateral damage.  Intimidate the bad guy with catch phrases like “ask yourself if you feel lucky” or “go ahead and make my day” or “get off my lawn” or whatever.  But don’t be so cavalier as to shoot first, kill the suspect brandishing an ineffective weapon at you and the hostage without a second thought, and then point a damning finger at the bad guy while telling the world that you had no choice because you have the right to defend yourself.  Defending yourself doesn’t mean you have a right to wanton murder.

It is far past time for Israel to be held accountable for its mass destruction of its neighbor.  If this was Syria we’d be all into this mess by now with a military threat to punish.  If this was Russia claiming they had to kill the people of Crimea in order to defend their selves we would be talking to the world about providing economic sanctions to stop the madness.  But when it’s Israel?  We simply give Israel more weapons and more armor and more of our tax paid revenue to impose their will on people trying to hide in United Nations sponsored sanctuaries.  If this was Dirty Harry Callahan we would have asked for his gun and badge a long time ago.  And if that didn’t stop him from killing people who posed no real threat to his existence we’d throw him in jail.  Why is Israel different?

Thursday, July 31, 2014 Posted by | Life, Racism, Thoughts | 2 Comments

Still Waiting

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rula-jebrealLife always gets busy. At least it does for most people. You think you have time to do all the things you want done. You want to contribute to the community. You want to contribute to your household. You want to be there for your family. You want to contribute to that Ford dealership so you can buy a new Mustang Boss. You want to exercise and take care of yourself. You want to maintain a blog. You want to exist to the point that you grow old and realize that you really can’t do it all and something’s got to give. And you start to realize, that amongst other things, a blog really isn’t all that important in the grand scheme of things. If I stopped contributing to my blog as much, I’d free up a little time to do some of the other things that I would later one day realize weren’t all that important to do either.

I knew one day I’d write another post. I just didn’t know what it would be about. Would it be about undocumented Latin American children coming across the border? Would it be about a politician hell bent on keeping black people from voting? Would it be about the Affordable Care Act and how it has helped millions of people obtain healthcare despite some people’s best effort to invalidate President Obama’s signature achievement? Would it be about some white guy took a shotgun and shot a young black woman in the face through a door in the middle of the night because he was so afraid for his life? Would it be about some fat assed politician who stood idly by while his closest cronies got together to illegally shut down a major thoroughfare into New York City? Some of these topics and many others came pretty close to pulling me back to the keyboard.

But as quickly as I thought about writing something I would dismiss the thought. I’d to back to my overwhelming thought that it really wasn’t all that important for me to say whatever to the world. Given enough time I would simply go back to watching the news and continue to sit on the sidelines as the world went to hell in a hand basket.

Then I heard Rula Jebreal call out MSNBC and the other “lame stream media” outlets for their skewed coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict currently unfolding half a world away in Gaza. During her appearance on the relatively new Ronan Farrow Daily program, Ms. Jebreal accused the MSNBC network and the entire news network establishment of being supportive of a destructive Israeli policy by giving too much airtime to Israeli officials and not nearly enough to representatives of the Palestinians. Mr. Farrow tried to defend his network’s coverage, but Ms. Jebreal would not have any of it and continued to pounce. When Mr. Farrow replied that there have been Palestinian voices on the air, Ms. Jebreal countered that the Palestinians would be on for thirty seconds while they would devote entire segments of air time to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Arab-Israeli-ConflictAs I listened to Ms. Jebreal I had to admit to myself that she had a point. I’ve always thought that the news media simply refused to address the underlying issue of what caused the Palestinians to fire their rockets into Israeli territory. The way the story is often portrayed you’d think that the leaders of Hamas, the organization currently governing Gaza, just woke up one day and decided to try and wipe Israel off the face of the earth with relatively crude rockets that would make a Scud missile look sophisticated by comparison. Along with Israel’s Iron Dome defense system that has been credited with literally shooting so many of these rockets harmlessly out of the sky, the idea that Hamas thinks it could destroy Israel out of some ideological fixation on its destruction is extremely simple minded.

The real reason the latest round in this never ending conflict was started goes back to issues revolving around the lack of mutual recognition for each other’s right to exist as well as border security, water rights, Israeli settlements in the occupied territories, and the control of Jerusalem and holy sites. Because of an inability for Israeli and Palestinian people to come to terms with these issues, Israel imposes its will onto the Palestinian people by force. The Palestinians live under a military blockade that has caused the vast majority of Gaza’s businesses to close. Thousand of factories were closed and tens of thousands of people were put out of work. Poverty is rampant. Unwilling to continue to live under such woeful conditions the Hamas organization retaliated with rudimentary rocket fire. And Israel retaliated with the latest lethal tools of war courtesy of the United States military industrial complex.

Now by no means is anyone here saying that Palestine is right and Israel is wrong. There is plenty of blame to go on both sides. But it should be noted that the number of innocent Palestinian children that have been killed in Israeli’s retaliatory air strikes far outnumber the number of Israeli soldiers killed as they invaded Gaza in a ground assault. And yet, the media will try to convince us that Hamas simply wants to destroy Israel for the sake of ancient doctrine. If that’s truly the case then the people of Hamas are truly the epitome of stupid, and I seriously doubt if that’s truly the case.

Malcolm Evans Conflict BeginsIt appears that Israel is controlling the conversation. They always have. It is their contention that everything was fine until the Hamas rockets started falling. Now, the entire Jewish state is at risk of being wiped out unless completely devastating force is used to quash the dissent. The Israeli representatives will say that they have no choice but to annihilate the rebellious Palestinians and the media are just too eager to buy into that argument. Where is the counter argument from the Palestinians? Basically, it is my understanding that this is the question, this is the point that Ms. Jebreal was trying to make. In response to Ms. Jebreal’s passionate outburst, MSNBC cancelled all of her future appearances on the network.

Now this is where my goat gets got. By far the vast majority of my news comes from MSNBC. While it is by no means perfect, I prefer the more liberal bias of MSNBC to the rabidly conservative commentary of FOX News or even the dribble of news reporting from CNN. I’ve watched MSNBC back in the days of Keith Olbermann and Dan Abrams. I will admit that I listened to the network with just a certain amount of skepticism. Not everything you hear on television is true. But it was a lot better than the network promoting their fair and balanced approach to railroading anything that isn’t the most right winged political agenda possible. I always thought that it would be FOX News that would fire people for not toeing the line. FOX News would hardly let one of their fair and balanced commentators or contributors go off their carefully crafted script. Maybe Alan Combs would be their lone, soft spoken, exception.

Obviously Ms. Jebreal was not toeing MSNBC’s line and MSNBC has the right to turn down her future services for it. My rant is not to say that MSNBC is not so entitled. But in their single minded focus on making sure their contributors speak from a single perspective with respect to this Israeli-Palestinian conflict MSNBC has lost the focus of the bigger picture. This is the only network that can take a right winged conservative like Joe Scarborough and left winged liberals like Rachel Maddow into a single formula for the entertainment and education of the masses. MSNBC had the better reputation for giving multiple views on an issue. But that reputation is now tarnished when MSNBC joins FOX and CNN and all the other media outlets that are on the Israel propaganda band wagon when they punish Ms. Jebreal for being sympathetic to the Palestinian’s plight.

palestine resultsMSNBC proves that it is no different than any other media outlet. They all have a job to do and that job is to make money. And since there is far more money backing the well to do Israel than there is backing the ninety percent poverty stricken Palestine any media outlet would be foolish to allow anything to jeopardize that revenue stream including the truth. Israel wants people to believe that they are just defending themselves regardless of what’s really going on. Anybody who makes the suggestion that there’s another side to this story and it should be heard just as loudly is just asking for trouble. The truth will always take a backseat to somebody’s political agenda no matter what news outlet is used for the delivery medium.

Yes MSNBC has hired activist Al Sharpton to be their talking head. Mr. Sharpton’s reputation for speaking up for people who are being railroaded by the establishment is well known. MSNBC wanted to capitalize on Mr. Sharpton’s reputation to strengthen its appeal to people who can sympathize with the downtrodden. The network went out of its way to develop an environment of political progressivism. The network even promoted itself with the tagline, “What Progressives have been waiting for”.

But when MSNBC is given an opportunity to truly develop its own reputation for speaking up for the downtrodden in Palestine it does just the opposite. Truth be told, if this latest attempt to put a leash on journalism is any indication, progressives will just have to continue waiting.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 Posted by | Life, News, Politics, Racism | 1 Comment

Quick Notes 201407

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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Obama Makes History Once Again

Barack Obama makes history once again by becoming the first and only President of the United States to be sued by the Congress.  God help us all!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014
Nothing Changes

Eric Garner pays the ultimate price for being big and black in America. The man didn’t even put up a struggle as police ganged up on him and put the man in a fatal choke hold.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Posted by | Life, Quick Notes | 4 Comments